Don’t Turn Away
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58
Just nights ago, the Lord saved me from a near tragic catastrophe. I was in the thick of a fiery trial, of an incredible spiritual battle, I was exhausted, I was emotionally a mess due to a few simultaneous challenges, I was run down from an enormously long drive to my latest location, and I said something utterly horrendous to the Lord. I told Him I didn’t want Him to be my Father. I told Him I already had one father who doesn’t care about me. I didn’t want another one. I blamed Him for my circumstances, and for not setting me free from them, for a whole bunch of things in fact. I was beside myself. And even as all this occurred, I could hear the enemy, the devil, crying out to me that if I tell one more person about the Lord Jesus Christ, he would kill me. Spiritual battle? Understatement!
Friend, the Lord kept me from falling. Thanks to a rock solid relationship with Him, because I spend time with Him daily no matter what praying to Him, seeking Him, hearing Him, following Him, reading His Word, and reaching out to strong Christ followers, specifically to a group of women of faith around the country who walk closely alongside me in my relationship with God, I was loved through the battle, prayed for through the battle, encouraged through the battle, strengthened through the battle, helped through the battle, supported through the battle, and brought through the battle.
No matter how fiery the battle, friend, DON’T TURN AWAY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Hold onto God, hold onto His Word, hold onto friends who follow Jesus, and follow Jesus faithfully forward.
The devil was taunting me with trying to convince me I should just give up ministry, and give up life, that I should think about suicide as the answer. Suicide is never the answer, giving up life is never the answer, giving up ministry is not the answer, and listening to and bowing down to the devil is never the answer.
The only answer when we go through fiery battles is to keep holding onto Jesus. Holding on tight. Holding on for dear life. As He leads us through the battle to victory. Victory in Christ. Victory for Christ. Hallelujah, friend, yes!
Am I exhausted from the battle? And from my daily challenges? Yes! But God gave me the grace and strength not to turn away from Him. Even as I started to turn away, He turned me back. Led me back into His everlasting arms. And He delivered me. And leads me on. In following Him. And He forgave me, and forgives me, when I fall, and fail, as I did then. In saying and thinking terrible things. He was, and is, so merciful when I repented – and repent. When we seek His forgiveness!
Follow Jesus, my friend. No matter how hard the trial, cling to Jesus. Cleave to Jesus. Fasten yourself to Jesus. Hold onto Jesus. And let the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers lead you on! To victory. In Jesus, AMEN!
Satan wanted to stop me from continuing to tell the world about Jesus. I know exactly what I’ll do. I’ll keep telling the world about Jesus. For the glory of God, yes!
Whatever God is calling you to do, no matter the challenges along the way, carry on! Following God! For His glory, yes, in His strength, in His love and mercy, by His grace, carry on. AMEN!